11 Creative Ways to Use Tomatoes Before They Go Bad
Tomato season is finally here, and we’re stocking up on every kind we can get our hands on. Bright, multi-colored heirloom tomatoes, juicy beefsteaks, deep red cherry tomatoes, and tiny grape tomatoes all make for delectable summer meal additions.
But tomatoes are way more than just a topping for grilled burgers, and they deserve their rightful turn in the spotlight. Here are 11 ways to use summer’s favorite fruit.
Bright salads are the focus of any warm weather spread. We’re big fans of the thick slices of multi-colored tomatoes in this Tomato Salad with Herbed Ricotta and Balsamic Vinaigrette or a Corn, Tomato, and Basil Salad. If you find cherry tomatoes in an array of colors this season, try them mixed into this Caprese Tomato Salad, or pair them with beautiful summer peaches in this Southern Tomato Salad.
No, we’re not talking about blending up leftover tomatoes and dipping in chips (though, you could do that). We’re all about chunky salsas spooned over fresh proteins like Grilled Salmon with Tomato-Avocado Salsa or Red Snapper with Chunky Tomato-Watermelon Salsa. If you prefer your tomato salsa cooked down, try this Seared Salmon with Balsamic-Blistered Tomatoes or Chicken with Chorizo and Tomato Salsa.
Tomatoes are so versatile in a bowl—just check out these 9 Tasty Tomato Soups. We especially love recipes with a summery spin to them, like this Silky Tomato-Basil Soup with Fresh Corn or a cool sipper like Tichi’s Gazpacho.
There’s nothing quite like a summery pasta dish, especially when you top a gooey mac and cheese with tomatoes in this Roasted Tomato Mac and Cheese. You can also let cherry tomatoes warm and get super sweet in Garlicky Kale, Sausage, and Tomato Pasta or this 20-Minute Tomato, Basil, and Chicken Pasta.
Skillet Meals With Tomato
These one-pan wonders give us life on busy weeknights. Try the Chicken Breasts with Brown Butter-Garlic Tomato Sauce or a 20-minute Creamy Chicken-Tomato Skillet for superfast throw-together meals. You can also boost this Fennel, Tomato, and Feta Skillet Bake with fresh tomatoes for the ultimate meatless, summery dish.
Snag some fresh produce at the market for this incredible Tomato, Basil, and Corn Pizza or slice up cherry tomatoes for a pesto-forward Tomato-Ricotta Pizza. If you don’t have time to toss fresh dough on the grill, opt for a quick 20-Minute Sausage and Tomato Mini Pizza.
Tomato Side Dish
Grilled proteins pair beautifully with a tomato-forward side, like these Tahini Marinated Chicken Thighs with Cucumber-and-Tomato Salad. They’re also stunning in this gluten-free side dish made from Millet and Tomatoes. If you have some time to spare, roast ‘maters down into a Tomato Confit to serve on sandwiches, as a protein topper, as bruschetta, or even in pasta.
It’s BLT season, so be sure to use thick slabs of tomatoes as a layer on our favorite Egg-in-a-Nest BLT. If you’re looking for a delicious Meatless Monday alternative, stack juicy tomatoes on a Smoked Tempeh BLT or grill up some fish sandwiches—we especially love this Grouper Sandwich with Remoulade.
Move over Bloody Mary, because this Tomato-Elderflower Cocktail is our new summer star. The recipe calls for two cups of fresh tomatoes, making for a super sweet addition from the in-season fruit.
Bowl With Tomato
A bite of juicy tomato makes a perfect addition to this Quinoa Bowl with Avocado and Egg, a dish we’ll eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You can also add multi-colored tomatoes for a pop of color in these super adaptable Mediterranean Chicken and Couscous Bowls, or make a batch of Blistered Tomatoes and Kale to add to this Farro Breakfast Bowl.